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Chelsea interested in Croatian defender

Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol is the latest name to be added for the short-list of defensive options for Chelsea this summer.

The Blues have the need to replace both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger, who are both joining Spanish clubs on free transfers. The Dane has agreed a move to Barcelona, whilst the German is headed to Real Madrid.

Now Gvardiol has been added to the wish list, and is seen as a good option to play on the left-side in Thomas Tuchel’s preferred system of a back three.

Gvardiol has been on the Chelsea radar since breaking through with Dinamo Zagreb. The 20year old has since moved to Germany with RB Leipzig, and has enjoyed an impressive first-season in the Bundesliga.

They have continued to monitor his progress, but he is one of many targets, with the club needing to sign at least two players to replace the departees.

However, because they continue top operate under restrictions until their ownership situation is resolved, their transfer plans for the summer are less advanced than most of their rivals.

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